Message from the Administration
Advent is upon us once again! And for Catholic Christians this season marks the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year. At the heart of Advent (which is from the Latin “adventus”) is the sense of “coming, anticipation and preparation”. One may wonder just what we are preparing for but ultimately it is a “who” rather than a “what” we prepare for; and that “who” is translated in the person of Jesus Christ.
The Church’s focus leads us into a counterculture filled with secular preparations where Christ is often forgotten both before and during his birth date. As for the Church, the sole focus is Christ before, during and after, and the concentration is on the internal rather than the external factors.
Although we are invited during Advent to spruce up our homes and prepare for celebrations; more importantly we are called on to ready our hearts and minds. As Christians we must aim to free ourselves from sin and wrongdoing so that we have a temple worthy of receiving the rebirth of Christ into our lives; and in turn, we can readily spread the hope, the peace, the joy and the love of Christ that this season calls us to. In a world filled with so much pain and turmoil we must be the hope for those who despair, the peace that embraces forgiveness, the joy in the midst of bad news, and the love that transforms lives.
As we begin this Advent journey there are two questions that should be paramount in our minds and they are – when the Lord makes His coming known, however He makes it known, will we be vigilant enough to recognize Him and will we have open, clean hearts to receive Him?
A blessed Advent to you all!